And the 2016 NJSDD Winners Are...
2016 NJSDD Winners Crowned!
Congratulations to our winners! Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Executive Director Angelo M. Valente, is pictured (left to right) with New Jersey Shout Down Drugs 1st place winners Juan Ferreria, Alexia Velaquez and Ayman Abdalla of the group AJAni, students at County Prep High School, Jersey City, Hudson County, second place winner Michelle Greco of Wall High School, Wall Township, Monmouth County, third place winner Ricky Persaud Jr. of Shepard Prep High School, Morristown, Morris County and Bert Baron, morning show host from WCTC 1450 AM and host of Shout Down Drugs. #shoutdowndrugs
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May 25, 2016
New Jersey High School Students Shout Down Drugs at Statewide Substance Abuse Prevention Music Competition
NEW BRUNSWICK – New Jersey has a new ambassador to shout down drugs.
Juan Ferreira, Alexia Velazquez, and Ayman Abdalla of the trio AJAni were awarded first place for their original song “Death Train”, in the 12th Annual Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Shout Down Drugs (PDFNJ) Prevention Concert. The statewide champions are students at County Prep High School in Jersey City.
Second place was given to Michelle Greco, a student at Wall High School in Monmouth County with her song “Stand Away” and Ricky Persaud Jr. of Shepard Prep High School in Morristown who was also the online vote finalist this year, took third place honors for his song “Don’t Do It.” The finalists were evaluated by the prevention message in the lyrics, originality, and performance.
In total, 29 New Jersey high school students shared their messages of shouting down drugs and living drug-free lives at the Statewide Prevention Concert held at the Rutgers University Nicholas Music Art Center in New Brunswick at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) 12th annual Shout Down Drugs Music Concert.
The New Jersey Shout Down Drugs music competition challenges high school students to create original music with lyrics that contain powerful peer-to-peer drug prevention messages. At the conclusion of the competition, three finalists were awarded one of three music contracts with PDFNJ, worth a total of $10,000 to perform their winning song at statewide events.
The concert was hosted by Bert Baron, morning show host for WCTC 1450AM. Tickets to the concert were free of charge.
“Simply by being here tonight, these amazing teen musicians have affirmed their commitment to a healthy and drug-free lifestyle,” said Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. “We are proud of and each one of the participants and are always impressed with the level of talent in the state of New Jersey.”
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New Jersey Shout Down Drugs 2016 Finalists
Atlantic County Mercer County
Amanda Camper Senteria Coleman
Bergen County Middlesex County
Irene Yoon, Ha Kyung (Judy) Oh (4D) Lucas Espada
Burlington County Monmouth County
Rebecca Knighten Michelle Greco
Camden County Morris County
Morgan Suydam Cristina Punzo
Kaylee Pachana, Elizabeth Vex (Liz & Kaylee)
Jamari Hall, Kalib K. Adams, Online Vote Finalist
Rahmele K.S. Mincey (ERC) Ricky Persaud Jr.
Hudson County Wildcards
Juan Ferreira, Alexia Velazquez, David Song & Caitlin Chan (Intuit)
Ayman Abdalla (AJani)
Matthew Milligan, Jada Peterson (JP2M)